Former Sen. Jim TalentContributor
is an American politician and former Senator from Missouri. He is a Republican and resided in the St. Louis area while serving in elected office. After serving for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives and then working as a lobbyist, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, narrowly defeating Democrat Jean Carnahan in a special election to complete the term to which Carnahan's husband, Mel, had been elected posthumously in 2000. In the November Democratic wave of 2006, Talent lost his re-election bid to Claire McCaskill. Talent served as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.